- Reading level: 8 - 9 years
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (5 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014180596X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141805962
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 1,104 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,71,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Witches Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 May 2005
Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER.
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The book is very interesting and I can guarantee that you would love to complete it at one-go.
the cover and paper quality is great and obviously Roald Dahl is amazing when it comes to middle schooler novels
I bought it for my sister and according to her this book is a miracle
it also encourages children to read more books
Top international reviews
Grandmama’s country of origin is important because Grandmama has stories to tell about her girlhood experiences of witches growing up there, Norway being some sort of high witch grand central. The premise behind her stories is to distract him from his sadness of losing his parents. This is marvellously dealt with because Grandmama’s stories sound almost too fantastical to be true until they return to Bournemouth, England, to honour the boy’s father’s will. There, the boy finds out first hand that witches are real, and that they are just as Grandmama has described them, innocuously like any other woman on the street except for their gloves that hide their claws, bald heads under wigs, strange eyes, and toeless square feet hidden in pointy shoes. And they are all out to rid the world of pesky children, who smell like dog poo to them.
I can see where David Walliams got his inspiration from in his equally engaging and endearing “Gangsta Granny”, but Dahl still wins hands-down for integrating all the elements of horror, the macabre and magical, together with the bravery of the boy and the love between him and Grandmama, the latter who never ever flinches or talks down to the boy the way you expect an adult to when speaking to her grandson, even when he is literally turned into a mouse by the wicked Grand High Witch.
An altogether lovely story to savour, and I’m glad I found the time to read it for the first time in my mellow adulthood, and still be able to appreciate the magic of it.
The story starts with the unnamed boy narrator (at the beginning where the main characters are introduced he is simply called "boy") being told about witches by his grandmama. But "this is not a fairy-tale" she is telling. "This is about REAL WITCHES" and "real witches hate children." They disguise themselves as women and make children disappear.
The grandmother is funny because she is so un-grandma-like as she puffs away on her black cigar.
After that bout of story-telling the book sees the boy come into contact with real witches. Not just one witch though as he gets stuck in a room with about 200 of them. He has to hide but witches can smell children out, and do just that. This is where the real witching begins and the dastardly things they do comes to the fore.
All-in-all a classic Roald Dahl tale with the scary enemy potentially being anywhere, hence a child's imagination running wild.
The Paperback - It has seen many different covers and this one is just a good as any of the others, Quentin Blake still attracts children who seem to be able to reckoning his work anywhere. The print is of good side and well looks good on the shelf!
The Audio Book - Have listened to many different versions over the years the most recent being Miranda Richardson but no one did this as well as Simon Callow. With his you just loose yourself in the story and his take on the Witches song 'Oh where have all the children gone' is hilarious! The only downside it's abridged where the newer Miranda Richardson version is unabridged but I would still pick Callow's version ever time.
Kindle - The same as the paperback just quicker to download it if you children are demanding to read it as mine were. illustrations are just as great, a couple of typos but nothing the drastic. Maybe being an older book now it could be a little cheaper for the ebook but worth every penny none the less.
Easy to read and the usual 'unusual' style animations makes this a great book for the junior school age group.
Since re-read it with both of them. And Dahl still totally rules. Still.
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Roald Dahl is famous around the world for writing magnificent and adventurous books.
I liked the bit where boy was behind the divider listening to the witches planning to turn every child's into a rat.
This book is very exhilarating and I would recommend this to anyone who can read and likes funny books
By Ella divit